These resources provide introductions, explanations and/or examples of PSE change:
Anti-Lobbying Restrictions for CDC Grantees – Released in 2012, this document provides helpful guidelines for Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) grantees on what they can and cannot participate in related to policy advocacy, lobbying and related activities.
PSE 101 Webinar – This YouTube video (57:52) from ChangeLab Solutions, partners in the Health in All Policies movement in California, provides basic PSE background and case examples from healthier food initiatives. Their website includes tools and information on a variety of topics from tobacco control to obesity to healthy housing and urban planning.
Complete relevant trainings for in-depth learning on the PSE change process:
Action for PSE Change: A Training – This training from the GW Cancer Center explores PSE change, from its evidence base to a full-length case study. It provides background information on the 7-step PSE change process, stepwise worksheets, a PSE action plan template, real-world examples from comprehensive cancer control programs, an extensive resource list and theoretical and evaluation approaches to help grow the PSE change evidence base.
Introduction to Policy Evaluation in Public Health – Designed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for public health practitioners, this online course introduces the use of policy evaluation in public health, teaches how to apply evaluation methods throughout a policy process and provides an understanding of how to apply the CDC Evaluation Framework.
Michigan Public Health Training Center – This training arm of the University of Michigan School of Public Health, funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration Bureau of Health Professions, offers a broad range of archived webinars and other training.
Use these surveillance sources to pinpoint the issue(s) to be addressed by PSE change:
AARP Livability Index – With the goal of developing policies that enhance individuals’ ability to exercise choice as they age, this web-based tool evaluates numerous areas, including public health and public policy, in developing measures of community livability.
Cancer Trends Progress Report – Based on the most recent data available, this series reports on progress against cancer through research and related efforts. Included are measures of progress in the areas of prevention, early detection, diagnosis, treatment, life after cancer and end of life.
CDC Wonder – This site allows users to access numerous data sets, reference materials, reports and guidelines published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Available information includes statistics, charts and maps addressing cancer incidence, census data and mortality data, among others.
County Health Rankings & Roadmaps – Together with the Roadmaps, which provide tools to understand and use the data, the annual County Health Rankings compile county-level information on a wide range of health factors, such as access to healthy foods, obesity, and smoking.
Healthy Communities Policy Guide – From the American Planning Association, this guide “identifies policy ideas for local, state, and federally elected officials aimed at improving community health and quality of living through planning.”
How Do You Measure Up? – An annual report from ACS CAN that reviews each state’s progress on important cancer issues, including several relevant topics on PSE change.
LawAtlas.org – The goal of this program is to “increase the use of policy surveillance and legal mapping as tools for improving the nation’s health.”
National Health Care Quality and Disparities Reports – This site provides national and state-specific measures of performance across different areas of health care, as compared to benchmarks (standard of comparison), as well as data queries and national trends.
National Program of Cancer Registries – Administered by the CDC, this program collects and makes available data on cancer occurrence (including the type, extent, and location of the cancer), the type of initial treatment and outcomes.
State Cancer Profiles – This website provides descriptive cancer statistics based on data collected from public health surveillance systems. The site includes a variety of interactive graphics and maps, and focuses on cancer sites that have corresponding evidence-based interventions.
Transportation and Health Tool – This tool provides information and data that can be used to consider the health impacts of existing or proposed transportation systems. It was developed by the U.S. Department of Transportation and CDC.
United States Cancer Statistics (USCS) – Developed by CDC and NCI, this online resource presents the official federal statistics on cancer incidence and cancer mortality for each year and for the most recent 5-year period combined.
Community Commons Maps and Data Reports – Using health and other statistics, this public access site provides mapping and reporting capabilities, along with connections to peers and training on best practices. It is managed by Institute for People, Place and Possibility, the Center for Applied Research and Environmental Systems and Community Initiatives.
ESRI Community Analyst – Incorporating census, health and other data, this web application uses geographic information systems (GIS) to create a variety of reports and interactive maps.
National Equity Atlas – This data and policy tool, the product of PolicyLink and the USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity, addresses equity at the national, state, regional and city levels, including data on demographic change, racial inclusion, and the economic benefits of equity.
Policy Map and Policy Map for Community Health – These sites, which offer fee-based and public access resources, allow users to download and map a range of community-level demographic, health and other data.
Use these sites to gain insight into proven cancer control interventions, policies and programs:
The Community Guide – An independent panel of public health and prevention experts (the Community Preventive Services Task Force) is responsible for collecting these evidence-based interventions to help you select programs to improve health and reduce disease. Search by topic and choose policy development, environmental change or other relevant terms under “strategy.”
Community Guide in Action – Use this interactive map to see how programs and organizations have used the Community Guide to improve health.
Community Health Advisor – This interactive site, supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, incorporates your location to help identify policies and programs that may have the biggest impact on health and medical costs.
Health Impact in 5 Years (HI-5) – This CDC initiative “highlights non-clinical, community-wide approaches that have evidence reporting (1) positive health impacts, (2) results within five years, and (3) cost effectiveness and/or cost savings over the lifetime of the population or earlier.”
Healthy Schools – The CDC’s Healthy School website provides numerous resources for engaging school systems in PSE change.
Top Tier Evidence – This website, originally created by the Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy, provides information on social programs supported by high quality research.
What Works for Health – “This site provides communities with information to help select and implement evidence-informed policies, programs, and system changes that will improve the variety of factors we know affect health.”
An Evaluation Framework for Obesity Prevention Policy Interventions – This article describes a “framework developed by the CDC-funded Center of Excellence for Training and Research Translation that public health practitioners can use to evaluate policy interventions and identify the practice-based evidence needed to fill the gaps in effective policy approaches to obesity prevention.” Framework can be applied to other cancer and chronic disease PSE evaluations.
Built Environment Approaches – This selection of materials from the Community Guide is directed toward helping communities implement the Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF) recommendation for using built environment approaches in combination. It includes examples, a summary of CPSTF’s review and findings and a one-page reference document.
Leading through Health System Change Planning Tool – Developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Georgia Health Policy Center, and the National Network of Public Health Institutes, “this tool has been designed for those working in public health and other sectors to use adaptive thinking as they grapple with the many questions presented by health reform and health system transformation.”
Plan4Health – By supporting creative coalitions, Plan4Health builds capacity in urban and rural areas to address population health goals, with a focus on nutrition and physical activity.
Policy, Systems & Environmental Change Resource Guide –This guide, developed by the American Cancer Society (ACS), on behalf of the Comprehensive Cancer Control National Partnership (CCCNP), provides models and tools to assist CCC professionals with planning and implementing a PSE change agenda. It includes ways that PSE change can affect community infrastructure and policies through education, advocacy and direct action.